re·​lieved | \ ri-ˈlēvd How to pronounce relieved (audio) \

Definition of relieved

: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions

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relievedly \ ri-​ˈlē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce relievedly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.
Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, the women said they were greatly relieved to hear their cases had been dismissed. Miles Moffeit, Dallas News, "Three Dallas women went to peacefully protest police violence. How did they end up in jail?," 12 June 2020 He was relieved to find only broken windows and that the city was already in the process of boarding them up. Agya K. Aning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Ethiopian restaurant vandalized; community responds with help for other black-owned businesses," 4 June 2020 Günter lifts his feet back onto the couch and lies down, both ashamed and relieved at his capitulation. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 Some couples, especially now, might feel relieved at the opportunity to downsize their weddings. Alix Wall,, "Coronavirus can’t stop Bay Area weddings," 2 Apr. 2020 Once everyone’s together, Peter arrives and is clearly relieved to see Madison hasn’t left for good. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Peter Weber Says the," 3 Mar. 2020 But a relieved Henriquez watched the defense rise to the occasion, stopping Sam Rayburn in the red zone with just 44 seconds remaining in the contest, preserving a 26-21 District 22-6A victory in the 56th annual game. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena stops late Sam Rayburn threat to nab Pride Bowl Trophy 26-21," 9 Nov. 2019 As the misery spreads, most of us are relieved to be watching the worst of it from the safety of our sofas. Steve Hartman, CBS News, ""Somebody's gotta help": How a North Carolina nurse ended up volunteering at a Queens hospital," 17 Apr. 2020 Now as then, the song is calm, rippling, fingerpicking Minimalistic math-rock, sounding relieved not to interact in any way but musically. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bon Iver’s Plea, and 8 More New Songs," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of relieved

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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20 Jun 2020

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“Relieved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of relieved

: feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult or unpleasant has been stopped, avoided, or made easier : feeling relief

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